Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Bordered by the lofty and mighty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Most of India’s natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board. Kottayam is also called as “Akshara Nagari” which means the “city of letters” considering its contribution to print media and literature.
Kottayam Town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy (a remarkable feat achieved as early as in 1989). English education in South India did actually start at the Old Seminary here at Kottayam in 1813. The first printing press in Kerala was established (CMS Press) here in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Bailey. The first college in the State (CMS College) was also started here at Kottayam in 1840. Maiden printed Malayalam-English and English-Malayalam Dictionaries were published from Kottayam in 1846 and 1847 respectively. The first and only Cooperative Society of writers, authors and publishers (SPCS), for publishing books and periodicals was set up here in 1945. Kottayam is the hometown of a vast number of books and periodicals and is the center of publishing business in the State. Kottayam is the first town in India selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India to be transformed as an Eco City. The Sri K R Narayanan, the former President of India hails from Kottayam District. Kottayam is the ideal take off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city, Madurai. It is also a gateway to the pilgrim centers of Sabarimala, Mannanam, Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Bharananganam, Erumeli, Manarcad, and so on.
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Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, in Kottayam town, was built in the 16th century by Thekkumkoor Raja. This is one of the famous temples of Kottayam. The main deity is Lord Shiva. The traditional Kerala architecture of the temple attracts a lot of visitors. The koothambalam, the traditional theatre of the temple, where performances of various traditional art and dance forms are held is famed for its architecture. Murals depicting stories from the epics adorn the walls of the temple. The annual festival of the temple, Phalguna Utsavam, falls in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March / April) and lasts for 10 days. The festival draws to a close with the the ritualistic arattu that includes a procession of caparisoned elephants. Various temple arts and cultural programmes are put on show as part of the festival. The other two festivals of the temple fall in the month of Thulam (October / November) and Mithunam (June / July).
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is a mosque situated in Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala, India, near the town of Kottayam. It is one of the oldest mosques in India and is more than 1000 years old. It is famous for its richness of architecture, wood carvings and the beauty. Southern half of it is demolished and extended with iron pillars, aluminium sheets and minars in 2012. This mosque is situated on the banks of the Meenachil river. Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is also called as the “Taj Juma Masjid”. The ancestors of this Masjid came and settled in Kottayam, from different parts of Kerala. The Muslims who lived here played an active role in Freedom Struggle and other National Movements. This mosque is known for its intricate wooden carvings and architecture. As per the latest update Thazhathangady Juma Masjid in Kerala’s Kottayam has opened its doors for women devotees. “Muslim women in the right attire can enter the mosque only on the two days, April 24 and May 8, as decided by the committee,” said Moulavi Sirajuddeen Hasni, the chief imam.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Kottayam, commonly known as Kottayam Cheriapally, is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church located in Kottayam, Kerala, India. Cheriapally meaning ‘small church’, whose appearance contradicts its name, is one of the oldest and well-preserved churches in the state. Cheriapally is located on the way to Kumarakom from Kottayam. The church is dedicated to mother Mary. It is that architecture, which is as old as 440 years and has retained its old world charm today as well even after so much of environmental changes. The length and breadth of the church is constructed with innovative paintings, mural, and architecture.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, also known as the Vimalagiri Cathedral or as Angathattu Palli located at Kottayam is the cathedral of the Diocese of Vijayapuram. Built in the Gothic architectural style, the church has a 172-foot tall tower which is one of the tallest church towers in Kerala. The foundation stone of Vimalagiri Church was laid in the year 1956. The construction of the imposing edifice was finished in the year 1964. Its feast celebrated on 8 December every year, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Kumaranalloor Devi Temple, located near Kottayam enshrines ‘Bhagawati’ the mother Goddess, is one of the most popular deities in Kerala. This shrine is located at Kumaranalloor, just 4 kilometers from Kottayam town. Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya Swami has described Kumaranalloor Devi temple as one among the Pancha mahakshetrams (five main temples) in India where you will feel the full presence of Devi and he has given the first position to this temple. Goddess Katyayani is the presiding deity in this temple. This deity is worshipped in five different forms as Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvathi, Durga and Vana Durga. Kumaranalloor is an ancient cultural center and is one among the 32 Brahmin gramams made by Lord Parasurama. This place was known as ‘Thingalkkadu’, before the temple came into existence. Later the name ‘Thingalkkadu’ changed and later came to be known as ‘Indu kananam’. In some ancient scripts, the temple is described and known as Mahishari kovil (temple). This temple has yielded an inscription assigned to 11th century A.D. Local traditions indicate that this was a Shiva temple, later converted to Durga temple. That is the reason for visiting the Shiva Shrine before visiting Kumaranalloor Amma.
Kumaranalloor devi temple is considered as one of the most important devi temples among the 108 durgalayas (devi temples) in Kerala made by Lord Parasurama. It is said to be more than 2400 years old, as per historical and mythological evidences as well as other sources of information. Devotees consider this temple equivalent to Madurai Meenakshi Temple.
History has It, Cheraman perumal was the ruling emperor of Kerala when the construction of a temple at Udayanapuram to install the idol of goddess durga began, while he commenced the construction of another temple at Thingalkkadu (which is later known as kumaranalloor) to install the idol of lord Kumara or Subramanya. Meanwhile a disturbing incident took place at Meenakshi temple, Madurai in Tamilnadu. The gem-studded nose ring of devi was stolen or was missing. The King ordered an enquiry. At the same time, he ordered to kill the priest of the temple unless he could solve this problem with in 41 days. Because, the nose ring would not be misplaced without his knowledge. However, the priest was innocent. He was confused and perplexed in this dilemma. He took refuge at the feet of devi. As days and weeks progressed, the grief-stricken priest spent his days and nights crying and praying. On the night of the 40th day, he slept at the doorsteps of temple, meditating and contemplating his fate that his life would reach an end on the next day. However, he had a dream that night. Devi appeared before him and ordered him to quit the place at once. The perplexed and bewildered priest winked his eyes. He had seen a thejas (divine light) moving forward. He followed it without being aware of where he was going. The thejas (divine light) led him a long distance and finally reached the place which later became known as Kumaranalloor. At Kumaranalloor, the temple was under construction to install the idol of lord Subramanyan or Kumaran. The thejas entered into the sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. Moreover, it was at the prathista time (suitable time of installation) that the thejas entered the sreekovil. Then there was an asareeri (divine voice), ‘kumaranalla ooril’, meaning, ‘this place is not for kumara’. This is, kumari’s or devi’s place. Hence got the name Kumaranalloor. Perumal was disappointed and frustrated. He travelled to Udayanapuram to install the idol of Kumara, at the temple, which was under construction. On the way, Perumal encountered some obstacles but finally managed to reach Udayanapuram and install the idol of Subramanian at the sreekovil of the temple. Later, Perumal returned to Kumaranalloor with the devi’s idol and began the preparation for installing it there. Yet another thought struck him that the idol has to be changed. There was an idol lying in water at vedagiri a near by place. Perumal brought the idol from vedagiri. Maharshi Parshuram had supposedly made and worshipped the idol in past. At the time of installation, a brahmin sage with matted hair, came and entered the sreekovil and installed the idol in a second. As soon as the installation of idol was done he vanished. To this date people believe that the brahmin sage was Maharshi Parshuram. The brahmin priest, who followed the thejas from madurai, became the priest of the temple. His residence is known as Madurai illam. His successors worship the devi even today.
The architecture of the temple is notable for the unique structure of the nalambalam and sreekovil both of which have been built in the sreechakra style (ring like object with a handle, which is placed in the right hand of the devi). This kind of architecture is rarely found in temple architecture.The temple is situated in area of 15,000 square metres. The main gopuram (entrance) of the temple faces towards the east direction, and high walls surrounding the temple with other three gopurams (entrance) in each direction (south, west & north). While entering the temple, the temple view presents a divine picture. Getting into the temple through the main gopuram one can see the golden dhwaja (flag staff) and the balickal pura with carvings of many sculptures including those of Ganapathi and Shiva and other saints on pillars. Inside the nalambalam, sreekovil and the main mandapam are surrounded by paths made of carved stones. The temple of Shiva is on the right side of the main sreekovil. Bhadrakali temple is situated on the south of the temple along with the full stretched surrounding path on carved stones for the whole temple.
Talikotta Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva is located on the banks of Meenachil River on Kottayam to Kumarakom Road in Kottayam District in Kerala state in India. The Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple is one of the important temples in Thekkumkoor Kingdom. According to folklore, sage Parashurama has installed the idol of Shiva. The temple is a part of the 108 Shiva Temples in Kerala. The temple is one of the four thali temples mentioned in the 108 Shiva temple stotram (1. Tali Temple, Kozhikode, 2. Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam, 3. Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple, Kodungallur, 4. Talikotta Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam.)
Good Shepherd Church is a famous church in Kottayam. This majestic 18th-century splendor is the first church under the Diocese of Vijayapuram. It is a church that is built in the Italian style of architecture and never fails to amaze the visitors. Though it was built in the 18th century, in the year 1964, Good Shepherd Church was renovated. At present, it is a major tourist attraction that is flocked by thousands of tourists annually. It Is Known For The annual St. Sebastian Feast and the shepherd feast that are organized here, also The celebration of the festivals like Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, and New Year.
Kottayam Water Park at Kodimatha which is very close to the Kottayam town (just 1 Km away), is an ideal place to enjoy your leisure time. Visitors can buy passes from nearby DTPC office for Pedal Boating, Water Cycling, Water Zorbing, etc. It opens every day from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. Speed boating, pedal boating, rowing, zorbing, banana rides are some of the standard activities at this park.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It has brought glory and fame to the place. Temple tradition have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The name of the place has its origin from the word ‘manoor’, which means the land of deer. The temple is one of the major Shiva temples in Kerala counted along with the Shiva temples of Vaikom Temple, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Vazhappally Maha Siva Temple and Vadakkunnathan temple.
Panachikkadu Temple, also known as the Dakshina Mookambika Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswati. The temple is located in the southern region of the Indian Peninsula, in Panachikkad in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It is one of the most prominent Saraswati temples in Kerala. But, the main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, who was installed long before Goddess Saraswati. Still the temple is known as Saraswati temple, due to the popularity of the Goddess. There are sub-shrines for Lord Shiva, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Ayyappan, snake deities and Yakshi inside the temple.
St. George Orthodox syrian Church is a prominent church that belongs to the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church. This church is situated beside the Puthuppally – Changanassery road about a kilometre from the Puthuppally junction, on the eastern bank of the Kodoor river. The surrounding areas of church are panoramic and very beautiful. The old church was well preserved church with wall murals dating back to ancient times. These unique wall murals have been painted using vegetable dyes.
St. Mary’s Forane Church of Athirampuzha is a world renowned church built in the 9th century. Located in the Kottayam district of Kerala, this pilgrim center is dedicated to Virgin Mary. The land where the church is located was donated by a Brahmin family as their gratitude to get a male heir on their prayers to Virgin Mary. The statue of St. Sebastian at this church was brought in 1687 by a Portuguese sailor named Leonard D’Cruz. This church is one of the largest parishes in the state with more than 2500 families. The annual feast of this church celebrated in honor of St. Sebastian is very famous. It is a big event for the devotees and locals as it is celebrated with illuminations and fireworks. Gold and silver arrows as votive offerings make this event unique from other festivals. This church is truly a center of Christian life in and around Central Kerala since the 9th century. St. Mary’s Forane Church at Athirampuzha is located almost 8 kilometers away from the nearest Kottayam railway station. Cochin International Airport is around 56 kilometers away from this shrine.
Sree Narasimha Swamy Temple is situated near the Aymanam Panchayat Office. The main deity of this temple is Narasimha, the lion-headed incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The main festival falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August/September) and usually ends with an arattu, a ritualistic procession, on the day of Thiruvonam or Uthradam. Narasimha Jayanti which comes in the Sanskrit month of Vysakha (May) is another important festival. Many pilgrims visit the temple every year.
Thiruvarppu Krishnan Temple is one of the famous temples of Krishna in Kerala which is at least 1500 years old. This temple is located in Thiruvarppu, which is 6-8 km from the town of Kottayam on the shores of Meenachil River. (Varpu is the cast used by smiths to make bell metal vessels) There are several stories about its origin. All of them talk of recovering the idol of Lord Krishna with 4 hands which was kept in an Uruli (Flat vessel made of bell metal). Here are some of the stories:
This temple is connected with Mahabharata. When the Pandavas lived in the forest, Lord Krishna gave them his statue with four hands so that they can daily worship it. seems when Pandavas finished their sojourn in the forest and wanted to go back, the people of that area, requested for that idol. This was worshipped by the people of Cherthala. But after some time due to reasons beyond their control, they were not able to continue their worship. So they simply dropped the idol in the sea. After a long time a great sage (some say it was Vilwamangalam Swamiyar and other say it was Padmapadacharya, the disciple of Adi Shankara) was travelling by a boat in these parts. Suddenly his boat became immobile. When someone got in to the sea to find out the reason, the sea dried at that spot and they were able to recover this idol. The divine person took the idol with him. Though he wanted to go west, the boat travelled to the east via Kunnam and Pallikkara and reached the present spot of the temple. The divine person got down there along with the idol and found that a temple of Dharma Sastha was without any idol and hence he consecrated the idol in that temple.
Another version is that the above divine person got down from the boat along with the idol but due to inclement weather he was unable to proceed any further. Hence he kept the idol in an Uruli, which he found near the tank and went away. Later when he came back, he found that the idol had got fixed to the Uruli. That Uruli belonged to an individual called Kunnan Kari Menon. As soon as he heard about this incident, he gave the land for temple construction and completed the temple with the help of a saint called Madappurathu Samiyar. Even today special Pushpanjali ( offering of flowers) is done on behalf of the Ashram of Madappurathu Samiyar in this temple.
Another one is that the Pandavas deposited the idol they were worshipping along with their Akshaya Patra in the sea, before leaving for their Agnatha Vasa. Some fishermen fishing in the Vembanad backwaters at a place near Vechur (called Mangalathu Vila) recovered only the idol but not the vessel. They built a temple in a place called Chara Mangalam and consecrated the idol there. Soon various calamities occurred in their village and hence,they returned the idol to the backwaters. This time the idol fell directly into the original vessel itself. It was then that the divine person referred to earlier recovered the idol as also the vessel. His boat travelled via Kunnam and Pallikkara and was not able to travel further due to dense aquatic plants. The people of the area swam in to the water and made way for the boat to reach the shores. The idol in the vessel was kept in the shore temporarily in a structure called Valiya Madam. On that day they were able to offer to the God only tender mango pickles and tender coconut water. Later the idol was shifted to the present temple. During the Arattu, the idol is taken to Valiya Madam and Tender mango and tender coconut water is offered to it even today.
The Lord faces west along with his four hands. The temple opens very early around 02:00 AM in the morning. Around 03:00 AM a special offering called Usha Payasam is offered to this lord. This is prepared using rice, jaggery, ghee, kadali banana fruit and dried coconut. When the rice is cooked well, the melted Jaggery is poured in to it till it stops by itself. This method of preparation is very peculiar to this temple.
Another peculiarity of this temple is that, the priest is given an axe as well as the key to open the door in the early morning. People believe that this God cannot tolerate hunger and so if there is any delay in opening the door with the key, the priest is permitted to break open the door with an axe. People believe that Lord Krishna’s idol in the temple is of the very exhausted Krishna after he killed Kamsa. So after the Abhishekam is over, the Lord’s head is first dried,, the Naivedyam offered to him and then only his body is dried.
There are five times pooja but the Deeparadhana is only after the Athazha pooja (last pooja carried out at night 07:00 PM ). Since people believe that the statue came from Cherthala, the priest after the Athazha pooja asks “Is there any body from Cherthala here who is hungry?”. It is believed that no body from Cherthala in the temple should go hungry.
Another peculiarity of this temple is that even during eclipse, the temple is not closed. People believe that this God would become hungry. It seems once, the temple was closed during eclipse. When they reopened the door they found that the waist belt of the Lord has slipped down. Vilwamangalam Swamiyar who came at that time told that, it was because God became very hungry. From then on, they stopped closing the temple during eclipse.
This temple has a very peculiar drum made of bell metal. It is said that Lord Krishna announced the killing of Kamsa, playing on this drum. There is a 12 tier brass lamp in this temple gifted by a Christian devotee.This temple also has a sub temple for Bhoothanatha.All offerings to the main deity are also offered to him Outside the temple there are temples for Subramanya, Ganapathy, Yakshi , Shiva and Bhagavathy.
The temple festival is during the first ten days of the month of Medam. (april-may). On the tenth day there is a race of Elephants like the one in Guruvayur. During the festival time girl children who are less than ten years of age dress themselves as Lord Krishna and offer lamps to the Lord during morning and evening. On the tenth day of the month when the sun sets, his rays enter inside the sanctum sanctorum and this is referred to as Pathaam Udayam, Krishna’s birthday during Ashtami Rohini is celebrated in this temple. Sundays and Thursdays are special in this temple and attract lot of devotes.
Another peculiar celebration of this temple is Pullattu Pooja,. The story is that there was a rich Nair gentleman without children in the Pullattu house. He wanted to donate all his wealth to the temple and requested them to observe his death anniversary. When astrologers consulted the God, his consent was given. On the Thai poosam day, Pullattu Nair came inside the temple, kept all his wealth including keys to treasures and documents for all his properties before the Lord. Then he prostrated before the Lord and it is said that he died then and there. Even today three special poojas one day before his death and fifteen special poojas on the day of his death are performed in his name and referred to as Pllattu Pooja. Milk Payasam, Ghee Payasam, Appam etc are offered to the Lord usually. There is a special offering called Chathurchathadam also.
Malarickal Village Tourism Nestled far away from the chaos of urban life, there exists a quaint hamlet in the heart of Kottayam district. All it offers those who stumble upon it are a soothing experience of village life amidst endless paddy fields. Its massive stretches of backwaters and intrinsic natural beauty are slowly attracting tourists who seek a rendezvous wholly detached from their routine. Malarickal or Malarikkal is a jewel that people in Kerala are only slowly awakening to themselves. It isn’t just the emerald of its backwaters that awaits you here, as Malarickal lures you in with breathtaking shades of pink as well. The water lilies (Nymphaea Stellata or ambal in local parlance) greet the terrain during the end of the monsoon rains, which usually occurs annually between September and October. A carpet of pleasant pink envelops the entire region in a breathtaking formation that is hard to explain with mere words. They spread out over 600 acres of land, and locals advise that the best time to witness this phenomenon is morning and evening. These visuals alone draw in bigger crowds each year, as words spread of this natural wonder. To begin the day with the water lilies, and end it with a glorious sun setting over the countryside is nothing short of a divine endowment. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Kottayam, will soon add village tourism options like boating and responsible tourism activities. These will undoubtedly further enhance the visitor experience at Malarickal.
St. Joseph’s Church, Mannanam is a Syro-Malabar Catholic Church located in Mannanam, Kerala. The church was built by St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara on top of a hill and his mortal remains are interred in the church. The church is an important pilgrimage center for followers of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The church was commissioned by him on 11 May 1831 and completed in 1837. It was subsequently renovated in 1955 and 1996. The church compound also houses the residential unit used by the saint. In 2014, when Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara was canonized as a saint, 60,000 people attended the thanksgiving mass at the church complex which was celebrated by 100 priests. Framed accounts provided by faithful attributing deeds to the intercession by St Kuriakose Chavara outside his room St. Kuriakose also started the first printing press in Kottayam in the church complex in 1846. The printing press was used to bring out the first Malayalam daily Nasrani Deepika. When St. Kuriakose died in 1871, he was buried at St. Philomena’s Church, Koonammavu. His mortal remains were later transferred to the St. Joseph Church in 1889.
Kumarakom gained national and international importance with the visit of the Hon’ble Prime minister A.B. Vajpayee in 2000 December. Kumarakom is a small village 14 km. west of Kottayam. It is a part of Kuttanad, which is a ‘ wonderland ‘, lying below sea level, comprising of a number of islands, in the back waters. Kumarakom Village covers an area of 5,166 Hectares of which 2,413 Hectares is lake portion, 1,500 Hectares is paddy fields and the remaining portion of 1,253 Hectares is dry land. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, this small water world has plenty of traditional country boats, crafts and canoes which will take you in to the heart of scenic Kerala. The resorts near by offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic massages, Yoga and meditation besides boating, fishing, angling and swimming.
In the last Century, Henry Baker, an Englishman, attracted by the beauty of the place, selected Kumarakom as his residence and built a bungalow, obtaining 104 acres of land from the then Maharaja of Travancore. He also made a beautiful garden. Preserving the old style, the beautiful bungalow of Baker has now been modified into the Taj Garden Retreat, a hotel with modern living facilities. The Kerala State Tourism Development Corporation is converting this place into a Tourist Complex. K.T.D.C. has constructed A.C. Cottages here and it runs a floating restaurant. The Corporation also provides boating facilities.
Vavarupalli, Erumeli Juma Masjid Located at about 49 km off Kottayam is the Vavarambalam at Erumeli which is a mosque dedicated to Vavar, a companion of the deity Lord Ayyappa of the Sabarimala Temple. The mosque enjoys a unique status in that the Hindu pilgrims pay their respects to Vavar at the Vavarambalam before embarking on their trek to Sabarimala. The festival here is the Erumeli Petta Thullal held in the month of January.
St. Alphonsa Shrine Church, Bharananganam The main structure of the church, which began to be known as St.Alphonsa Shrine Church following the canonization of Sr. Alphonsa on 12th October 2008 had been built in the year 1945 as a cemetery chapel of St. Mary’s Church Bharananganam. Sr.Alphonsa is the first nun ever to have been buried there. Her tomb now stands at the very place where her mortal remains were buried on 29 July 1946. During the period 1963-64, a side wing with family tombs was added. With the completion of new tombs in the parish graveyard in 1985, burial in the cemetery chapel was discontinued and the mortal remains of the dead interred therein except those of St.Alphonsa were exhumed and inhumed in the newly built vaults/chambers.
Ilaveezha poonchira, a hill station near Melukavumattom, 60 kilometers from Kottayam is gaining tourist importance. Located among three beautiful hillocks Mannakunnu, Kudayathoor Mala and Thonippara, Poonchira is a place of picturesque charm. Legends say that the pool here was a bathing place for Panchali the legendary heroine of Mahabharata. The D.T.P.C. is developing this place into a trekking spot. A tourist bungalow with rooms and dormitory to accommodate 15 people has been constructed. The beautiful valleys of Poonchira are spread across thousands of acres. The verdant landscape punctuated by the gigantic hills, each rising to around 3,200 feet. is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature. Ilaveezha poonchira means valley where leaves don’t fall and is named so because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness both the sun rise and sunset.
Vagamon A Scenic beauty Situated 64 kilometers from Kottayam, this enchanting hill station at an elevation of 1,100 metres above sea level is a trekker’s paradise. This enchanting hill station on the Idukki – Kottayam border dotted with tea gardens and meadows, will soon be one of India’s foremost Eco tourism projects. The breeding centre of the Kerala Live stock Board is located here.
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